What's on the town's wish list? We asked our fans on Framingham Patch's Facebook page to help us compile a Christmas list, and here's some of what we came up with (in no particular order). Have an idea you don't see here? Tell us in the comments.
1. A new town manager and school superintendent. The searches for these two key town leaders is ongoing. The town manager search committee is back to square one after announcing earlier this week it has been Meanwhile, a superintendent search committee is at work to find potential candidates to replace outgoing superintendent, when his contract ends.
2. A monorail. OK, well maybe no one mentioned a monorail, specifically, but there is a definite desire among residents and visitors alike to find some solution to traffic in town, whether it's improving the movement of trains and traffic that cross Rte. 135, or completely changing downtown patterns. Oh, and if outsiders could stop using Rte. 9, unless they're going to shop in town, that would be great, too.
3. Safer drivers and fewer crashes. There were three in almost as many weeks this fall. Whether it was speeding, alcohol or visibility issues at poor intersections, Framingham would benefit from Santa bringing conscientious, careful drivers to town, as well as preventing such tragedies from occurring.
4. Increased literacy to bridge the gaps between English and non-English speakers. One reader wrote she'd like to see "an active tutoring program/conversational English program for people who wish to learn English and for English speakers who wish to learn another language." Certainly, outreach and literacy programs exist (Literacy Unlimited through the is one, for example) but if Santa could make it easier for everyone to communicate with each other in town, that would be wonderful.
5. A "black box" theater space. Reader Betsy Rabkin Fishman's idea earned a good amount of support from our Facebook fans. In Fishman's words: "This means that the space can be set up in all kinds of different ways—it's not locked into a proscenium set up, like a traditional theater.) Ideally, this theater would seat up to 250 people and could accommodate dinner theater. Right now, our town does not have a space that is this reasonable size, 100 percent handicap-accessible, fully wired for theatrical needs, and affordable to rent. There are so many groups in town that are looking for this kind of performance, rehearsal, event and meeting space. An option like this would take our struggling arts scene to the next level and contribute significantly to the town's economic success."